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Eastern Blocks: Concrete Landscapes of the Former Eastern Bloc

Zupagrafika

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 144

  • Publisher: Zupagrafika

  • Date Published: Apr 2019

  • Stock Code: 40768

  • ISBN: 9788395057434

  • Binding: Hardback

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'Sleeping districts' of Moscow, Ptattenbauten of East Berlin, modernist estates of Warsaw, Kyiv's Brezhnevki: although these are home to the vast majority of city dwellers, post-war suburbs of central and eastern Europe have been invisible for decades.

Eastern Blocks by Zupagrafika is a photographic journey through the concrete peripheries of the former Eastern Bloc, inviting readers to explore the districts that became a playground for mass housing development after WW2, including objects like soviet 'flying saucers', houses 'on chicken legs' or hammer-shaped tower blocks.

The book contains over 100 photographs taken by Zupagrafika, with special contributions by local photographers, showcasing modernist and brutalist architecture scattered around the cities of Moscow, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest, Kyiv and Saint Petersburg.

Divided into 6 chapters, the book includes a foreword by writer and journalist Christopher Beanland, orientative maps, index of architects and informative texts on the featured cities and constructions.

About the Author

Zupagrafika

Zupagrafika is an independent publisher. author and design studio founded in 2012 by David Navarro and Martyna Sobecka. Their works celebrate postwar modernist and brutalist architecture of the former Eastern Bloc and beyond. Authors of Brutal London (2016, Prestel), Brutal East (2017), Modern East (2017), Brutal Britain (2018).

Over the last decade, David and Martyna have been documenting brutalist landmarks and precast panel constructions scattered around European suburbia. The photography archive built up in the course of this research has provided a significant frame of reference for their architectural paper models and books.

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